Inpatient Rehab Facilities
Inpatient rehab is an essential part of establishing recovery from addiction, and making the right choice among hundreds of options can be the difference between a lifetime of sobriety and relapse. Over the past few decades, addiction treatment has evolved to become an individualized experience that can be tailored to suit the needs, preferences, and spiritual belief systems of each addict. The purpose of this is to ensure that each individual can relate to his or her rehab program, and feel comfortable enough to explore the root cause of addiction, which most always lies in personal trauma and pain.
It is the exploration of this trauma and pain that is often the most challenging part of drug rehab, but it is also among the most important. If an individual is able to understand the problems that have contributed to addiction and destructive behaviors in life, he or she will be much more capable of addressing them in a resolute manner, in order to avoid future relapse. The degrees to which an individual may be suffering from internal struggles varies from non-impactful to extraordinarily traumatic. The choice of long-term inpatient rehab versus short-term depends on
- The length of time an individual has struggled with addiction
- Previous attempts in drug rehab programs
- Severity of issues contributing to addiction
What is Inpatient Rehab?
In an inpatient drug rehab program, an addict essentially moves into the rehab facility, where he or she sleeps, eats, attends, individual and group therapy, and participates in workshops and various therapy programs, many of which are elective, and based on individual preferences.
During inpatient rehab, addicts have the opportunity to
- address their underlying issues that have contributed to addiction
- develop fellowship with other addicts for continued support and friendship in recovery
- learn and develop skills related to survival, coping, and communication without the use of addictive substances
- practice healthy activities and habits to maintain at home, after rehab has ended
- establish a plan for leaving treatment and maintain sobriety in their home environment
The difference between short-term and long-term drug rehab is the amount of time an addict stays within the treatment facility to accomplish his or her goals prior to returning to the outside world. Once an addict has completed drug rehab, he or she needs to be ready to face the challenges of remaining sober despite disappointment, triggers, and dangerous people, places, and things. For this reason, the decision between long and short-term inpatient rehab is an important one.
Short-Term Inpatient Rehab
Short-term inpatient rehab refers to any program that is 30 days or less. While most rehabs operate on a 30-day cycle, some offer treatment for 28 days instead. Short term is the shortest length of time in a rehab offered, and it is not generally recommended for individuals who have had a prolonged addiction, or those who suffer from deep personal trauma.
Instead, short-term drug rehab is best suited for those who have recently fallen into addiction, and do not suffer from severe trauma that has consistently been the source of destructive behavior throughout life.
In 30 days, an individual may or may not be able to absorb all the information provided by his or her rehab program. Although inpatient short-term rehab is the most common length of treatment, it is not for every individual suffering from addiction. Often, 30 days is not enough time to do all that addiction treatment aims to accomplish. However, for many individuals who did not endure a severe addiction, or do not have serious underlying personal issues and trauma, 30 days can be sufficient. In this time a rehab, individuals will likely do the following:
- Participate in group therapy to develop friendships for future support in sobriety and recovery
- Learn about addiction, and the many triggers for relapse, which can include people, places, routines, and things that were associated with drug and/or alcohol abuse
- Develop and enhance healthy eating and living habits essential for relapse prevention
- Develop a customized plan for leaving treatment, which usually includes:
- place of residence
- continued individual therapy
- continuation of healthy activities and hobbies outside of rehab
- support groups conducive to maintaining sobriety
Short-term inpatient rehab can be very effective for many who are trying to overcome addiction, especially with the right kind of rehab program that is most effective for the individual in need of help.
Long-Term Drug Rehab
Long-term drug rehab refers to an inpatient rehab program that is longer than 30 days, and with most programs operating on a 30-day cycle, long-term typically describes 60, 90, or 120-day rehab programs. Some inpatient rehab centers are open-ended, meaning there is no time limit, and the program is over for each individual separately, based on whenever he or she accomplishes the imperative goals for a safe integration back home with a strong foundation for sustained recovery. There are a few differences within long-term drug rehab programs that important to recognize.
Most every rehab program that is long term provides at least 30 days of what is referred to as “intensive treatment”, where addicts will do all that short-term rehab offers, including
- Individual and group therapy
- Workshops to learn about addiction and triggers for relapse
- Preparation for leaving rehab and remaining sober
- Aftercare support for recovering addicts to contact addiction counselors in the event of trouble maintaining sobriety or particularly difficult times in recovery
After the first 30 days, many long-term rehab programs offer a more personalized path for individuals to move forward. Some programs may offer a continuation of the same intensive treatment from the first 30 days. Often, the purpose of this is the further solidify the rehab process to build a stronger foundation for sobriety and recovery from addiction.
Other inpatient rehab programs may offer a tapered down treatment approach, that decreases the intensity of therapies and workshops in the second 30 days. This decrease in intensity may involve field trips to various parks, beaches, presentations,museums, etc. Usually, this is done to help begin the integration back into society for many addicts who have done well in the program. The ability for recovering addicts to be able to leave their rehab facility and socialize with others can be very therapeutic in itself.
Choosing the Right Inpatient Rehab
Choosing the right inpatient rehab can be confusing because a wide variety of facilities and programs are available today; however, there are some specific points to consider that will help to make an informed decision, based on the best interests of the addicted individual who needs to be able to get the most fro his or her time at rehab.
The first thing to consider are the needs and preferences of the addicted individual and what kind of program, demographic, location, and therapy options would be most conducive to cooperation and full involvement. Any rehab is only as effective as the addict is willing to make it work.
Another very important factor is cost and insurance coverage. Depending on the rehab facility, insurance may not be an option, and depending on the specific insurance provider, certain rehabs may not be an option. The cost of inpatient drug rehab varies from about $7,500 per 30 days to over $70,000 per 30 days. It is important not to get caught up with the high price of some rehabs, as price is not necessarily conducive the quality of care, nor does it speak to the rehab’s ability to the meet the needs of the individual participating. Many rehab centers will work with families to come up with a feasible payment plan or adjusted fees based on payment ability, so do not be deterred by a higher cost rehab as they may be very willing to negotiate.
The goal of choosing an inpatient rehab center is to find the one that provides and environment, people, location, and therapies with which the addicted individual can relate and feel comfortable. The more comfortable an addict feels in rehab, the more likely he or she is to express feelings, desires, fears, and be more open to receiving the help needed to remain sober once the program has been completed.
Additional points to give consideration include:
- Length of the program
- Aftercare policies
- Methodology (holistic, religion-based, Native American, Self-Discipline, etc.)
- Surrounding area of the facility (is it located in an urban, rural, beach, mountain, ranch setting?)
What to Expect in Rehab
The first thing to expect in rehab is detoxification, if it has not already been completed. Many inpatient rehab centers can detox addicts in the facility through a medically supervised process where medicine can be given if necessary to ease severe withdrawal symptoms, and all vital signs are carefully monitored to prevent complications and adverse reactions. Most often, nutritious meals and vitamin therapies are tailored for each individual depending on his or her health needs, and the drugs from which he/she is withdrawing.
Once detoxification is completed, the therapy begins and this typically includes several aspects, such as:
- Individual therapy to address underlying issues and trauma that may have contributed to, or caused addiction and destructive behaviors that have facilitated the development of addiction.
- Group therapy to develop supportive friendships and give addicts an opportunity to learn from one another, and share experiences
- Classes and courses to help addicts understand the nature of addiction, recognize triggers, and dangerous people, places, and things that may jeopardize their sobriety once treatment has been completed.
- Aftercare programs are set up between an addict and his or her counselor to develop a plan for after rehab has been completed. This usually involves things like
- Support groups
- Continued healthy activities and habits
- Continued individual therapy
- Emergency contacts
If you, or a loved one is struggling with addiction, and in need of an inpatient rehab center, please call us now to speak with a trained counselor about your needs and preferences, and we will work with you to narrow down the more than 12,000 rehab programs in the country. We understand how daunting it is to sift through all the various programs to try and determine what they all offer, and how that relates to what you need. Addiction is a disease that needs urgent care, as it is progressive, and gets worse with each day it goes untreated. Please don’t wait. Call us now. We are here to help.